Today, we got our first rain in several weeks here in the Bay Area. Rainfall at this time last year was almost 4 times the amount of what it has been this winter. I hope rain comes soon, or else the garden may be history...
After a week of record-low temperatures here in California, we will begin to climb out of a cold pit into a peak of "subtropical" warmth. Temperatures are expected to rise about 14 degrees by next Tuesday, with low temps in the 40's! I wonder how my garden likes it: dead for a week, and then slowly eased out of the coffin. I can no longer tell whether we are experiencing global warming or global cooling.
This year will hopefully bring some new additions to the garden. I am especially anxious to get my tropical garden started again, but the impending frost makes me question whether I will ever be able to grow tropical plants again.
Really though, the plants will make it, and I am hoping to add some great things this year, maybe some bougainvillea and hibiscus, and possibly one of those really cheap queen palms that grow so fast you might think they're taking steroids. And the Thailand Giant Strain of Colocasia elephant ears with leaves 5 feet wide might add an interesting look to the micro-jungle.
Throw in some squirrel monkeys and tiki torches, and it would be an "authentic" island getaway...in a backyard.
Oh, one more thing: This is the 100th post on this blog!
Temperatures are expected to drop by at least ten degrees over the next few days. Lows in the mid-20's are forecast for parts of the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. Even San Diego and Los Angeles may experience freezing temperatures.
Today the temperature got into the mid-60's and it was sunny all day. My tropical plants are on the side of the house in a super warm microclimate and hopefully they will start to recover from the frost. 2007 looks like it might be a good year for gardening.